Major Frederick Paul Trask was unexpectedly promoted to Glory near Morristown, N.J.
Frederick Trask was born in Troy, N.Y., to Salvation Army officers John and Anne Trask. He accepted God's call to officership at a 1958 Territorial Corps Cadet Congress in New York City. After brief service in the U.S. Navy, Trask entered the School for Officer Training in New York City in 1966 and was commissioned in 1968 as a member of the Messengers of the Faith session.
Trask served briefly at the New Brunswick, N.J., Corps, before marrying Lieutenant Naomi Muir in 1969. Appointments followed to corps in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. In 1985 Trask was appointed to the Singapore and Malaysia Command as Youth & Candidates' officer. His last appointment before retiring in 2001 was as corps officer in Paterson, N.J. In retirement, he served as the Army's service extension field representative and community outreach coordinator in New Jersey.
Frederick Trask was outgoing and friendly, and showed an abiding interest in people of all stations in life. Comrades in the New Jersey Division described him as a great public relations man with a knack for developing resources.
After 9/11, Trask involved himself in the World Trade Center relief effort, serving as the Army's liaison with the New Jersey state government and setting up the family assistance center at Liberty State Park.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; two daughters, A. Christina Pannapacker of North Hills, Pa., and Rebekah N. Bramer of Morrisville, Pa.; a son, F. Paul Trask of Virginia Beach, Va.; two brothers, Major Charles A. Trask of Ocoee, Fla., and David Trask of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Judy Trask of Sayreville, N.J., and three grandchildren. Messages for the family may be sent to Major Naomi R. Trask, 203 Hall Ave., Morrisville, Pa., 19067.